Italian Grand Prix 2013: Sebastian Vettel dominates to take pole

Italian Grand Prix 2013: Sebastian Vettel dominates to take pole position ahead of Mark Webber and Nico Hulkenberg at Monza

By Sportsbeat
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Sebastian Vettel clinched his fourth pole of the season at Monza Photo: Red Bull/Getty Images

Sebastian Vettel put on a dominant display to take pole position for the Italian Grand Prix at Monza, five years after he won his first-ever race at the track.

The German was quickest throughout the session to take his fourth pole of the season and Red Bull’s 50th of all time.

Red Bull had further cause for celebration as Mark Webber secured second place as the team locked out the front row.

Nico Hulkenberg took everyone by surprise by putting in a sensational lap time to take third place. Sauber had not qualified higher than 10th all season before Saturday.

Crowd favourites Ferrari may have some work to do to secure a much-needed win on Sunday, with Felipe Massa starting ahead of Fernando Alonso, who qualified in fifth place.

Lewis Hamilton’s hopes of a fifth consecutive pole position were destroyed after he failed to reach Q3 – despite having been third-quickest in the first session.

The stewards are investigating if Adrian Sutil impeded the Mercedes’ driver, but it is the first time in 67 races, excluding penalties, that Hamilton has failed to make it into Q3.

There was disappointment for Lotus as both Kimi Raikkonen and Romain Grosjean dropped out of Q2, only managing 11th and 13th on the grid.

Both Force India drivers lacked pace and struggled throughout the sessions, seeing Sutil qualifying 14th and Britain’s Paul Di Resta 17th.

The opening session was uneventful with the usual suspects dropping out. Further up the field the competition was fierce, with just seven-tenths separating Vettel in first and Di Resta in 15th.

Italian Grand Prix 2013: Qualifying times

1. Sebastian Vettel Germany Red Bull-Renault 1m 23.755s

2. Mark Webber Australia Red Bull-Renault 1m 23.968s

3. Nico Hulkenberg Germany Sauber-Ferrari 1m 24.065s

4. Felipe Massa Brazil Ferrari-Ferrari 1m 24.132s

5. Fernando Alonso Spain Ferrari-Ferrari 1m 24.142s

6. Nico Rosberg Germany Mercedes-Mercedes 1m 24.192s

7. Daniel Ricciardo Australia Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1m 24.209s

8. Sergio Perez Mexico McLaren-Mercedes 1m 24.502s

9. Jenson Button Britain McLaren-Mercedes 1m 24.515s

10. Jean-Eric Vergne France Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1m 28.050s

11. Kimi Raikkonen Finland Lotus-Renault 1m 24.610s

12. Lewis Hamilton Britain Mercedes-Mercedes 1m 24.803s

13. Romain Grosjean France Lotus-Renault 1m 24.848s

14. Adrian Sutil Germany Force India-Mercedes 1m 24.932s

15. Pastor Maldonado Venezuela Williams-Renault 1m 25.011s

16. Paul di Resta Britain Force India-Mercedes 1m 25.077s

17. Esteban Gutierrez Mexico Sauber-Ferrari 1m 25.226s

18. Valtteri Bottas Finland Williams-Renault 1m 25.291s

19. Charles Pic France Caterham-Renault 1m 26.406s

20. Giedo van der Garde Holland Caterham-Renault 1m 26.563s

21. Jules Bianchi France Marussia-Cosworth 1m 27.085s

22. Max Chilton Britain Marussia-Cosworth 1m 27.480s

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